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If I am out of one of the color inks, can I just

I have a mfc 420cn brother printer, if I am out of one of the color inks, can I just print documents in black?

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Yikes! No. That's how they designed it. You always to have all 4 ink because the printer does self-cleaning every so often. Otherwise, the jets dry & clog.
Also, my understanding is that even for black prints, color inks are used in small qty. If ink cost is an issue (it is for a lot of people), you might consider bulk systems.

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How do i just print only black with brothers 420cn


Hi, you should be able to use the printer options before printing any document. Once in printer options go to the color tab and click on the drop down to black ink only, thats for windows. If using other OS respond and i will get you your answer. As far as for copies goes there is a button that says black and one that says color just put in the scanner and push the black button.

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Black ink on my Brother MFC-420CN is faint and streaky


You said you replaced the cartridges. Were they Genuine Brothers' Cartridges?

My Brother MFC-240C, does not like Generic Printer Cartridges. That sounds like your problem. Also I had with Brother's was problem with Color. Color that should be Yellow, will turn out Green, or Blue Green, etc. The Generic Cartridges, also printed lines thru the words. That's what the Companies do., so they can keep selling the ink cartridges.

Some Printers, are able to use Generic, but you have to fill them up yourself and I heard, quite MESSY, or Take them to have them filled.

So I learned, thru trial and error, that you must use the ORIGINAL Genuine Cartridges for the PRINTERS.

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Brother 420CN printer will not print black ink. Have replaced the cartridge and after several cleaning cycles, it still will not print properly. Test Print shows colors are fine but black ink is hit and...


I have a brother MFC 3240C. My Black ink stopped printing(initially printed horizontal faded lines and gradually got worse), the other colors were printing fine. I tried cleaning numerous time( 50 -100 times over 1-2 weeks ). Still no improvement. The way I print now is:
1. I go to Printer Properties
2. Change Media type from "Plain Paper" to "Inkjet Paper".
3. Change Quality to "Photo".

This takes a long time to print 1-2 minutes per page. However, this works for me since this is my Home printer and use it for printing only few pages here are there.

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Will no print black color doc if any other color ink is empty


actually, its not. the reason is, there is a small resovoire (sp?) in the ink cartridges. if you continue to print, the nozzles will clog up, and can cause all the nozzles not to work. even when you do just black, the printer has to clean at times all the nozzles and if your nozzles are empty, air will go into the deep and dry up the excess ink.

if you are going to do primarily black prints, you should get a black and white laser for those uses only.

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Want to print with black ink only using Brother MFC-420CN


I see it's been a while since you posted your question but in case anyone else is wondering about this, I'll answer.  The information is not in the User's Guide booklet but in the Software User's Guide which should be available on your software disk, or you can view it here http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/Public/files/dlf/doc000240/BH3_UsaEngSoft_C.pdf 

Basically, you go to the advanced tab under the printing preferences and select grayscale.  

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MFC-420CN does not print black


My yellow cartridge was doing the same thing as your black. So I took the cartridge out, and took a flashlight to see how it works. There is like a little straw on the right hand side which goes up into the printer cartridge, this I assume is to measure the ink. I took a needle and cleaned that 'straw' thoroughly. Reseated the ink, ran cleaning and test print, and then the printer found the yellow ink! You could give that a try. It might work for you too. (I have never used any ink but Brother ink in the printer, btw.)

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brother won't print od do anything is one of the 4 inks are empty so first of all you have to replace whatever is empty, when you remove it it will ask you if you changed it and if it is a new one you will press 1 twice per cartridge, if you put compatible ink in you will clog the ink head up and then be stuffed

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Will not print


naturally will the printer refuse to print if one color is empty to be in safe mode.
This is because of the print head technique which demands a permanent ink supply to prevent drying out:

http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/us/us/en/faq/faq/000000/000000/000040/faq000040_004.html?reg=us&c=us&lang=en&prod=mfc420cn_us

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